Feb 2, 2015
USAF To Include U-2 In FY16 Budget But Will Again Ask To Retire A-10
For several years the Air Force attempted to retire the Global Hawk in favor of the U-2, claiming the older platform was still cheaper and had greater capabilities than the Global Hawk.
While the U-2 may be saved, the A-10 Warthog remains on the cutting board.
The Air Force has spent a significant amount of its political capital on trying to retire the jet, which remains very popular in Congress. Speaking in January, service Secretary Deborah Lee James hinted that the service remains likely to retire fleets of planes.